What is a séimhiú?

What is a séimhiú?

The beginning of Irish words are often changed depending on where they appear in a sentence.

A séimhiú or lenition is one type of these initial mutations.

It involves add a letter "h" after the first consonant in the word that's being changed. 

The séimhiú changes the sound of the word by softening the consonant as well as changing the spelling.

Some examples of when a séimhiú is used include:

  • possessive pronouns
  • with the article "an" and a feminine noun
  • the vocative case

 

 

 


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